Great Start Readiness Program: Free 4 Year Old Preschool

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Crestwood Great Start Readiness Program Mission Statement:

The Crestwood Great Start Readiness Program exists to provide developmentally appropriate practices in a safe and nurturing environment. We believe that every child deserves a quality education and therefore are dedicated to promoting the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development in each individual we interact with. Our goal is to foster a desire to be life-long learners and responsible citizens in each of our children.

What makes our program high-quality?

  • Highly-qualified teachers: Lead Teachers required to have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Associate Teachers required to have at least a

    CDA (Child Development Associate) Certificate

  • High quality learning environment

    (New building coming in 2024-2025)

  • Research-based curriculum

  • Hands-on learning based on best practice

  • Focus on literacy, mathematics & social/emotional skills

  • Scaffolded learning

  • Prioritize family engagement

  • Nutritious meals provided

  • Outdoor play experiences

  • Rated as: Enhancing Quality-Validation by Great Start to Quality (MDE)

Which curriculum is used?

  • The Creative Curriculum® is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features inquiry, exploration, and discovery as the foundation of all learning. As a content- rich, developmentally appropriate curriculum, it delivers academic rigor alongside social-emotional learning and cognitive development.

  • The GOLD Assessment follows widely held (state) expectations for children from birth through third grade and enables a whole-child approach to assessment. Meaningful reports inform classroom practices and individualized instruction.

What will my child’s day look like?

Each classroom has a daily schedule of activities that includes:

  • Large Group instruction

  • Music and Movement

  • Small Group instruction

  • Planning and Recall

  • Choice Time

  • Read Aloud

  • Outdoor Exploration

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Snack

  • Rest Time


  • Monday through Friday from 8:15 am to 3:15 pm.

Family Engagement

  • Two Home Visits per year

  • Two Parent/Teacher Conferences per year

  • Parent Involvement Activities

Who is Eligible for the Great Start Readiness Program?  

  • Age Requirement: Must be age 4 on or before December 1, 2024

  • Each child and/or family must have qualifying eligibility factors to be considered for enrollment.

  • Must attend an interview to determine eligibility

Parents must call to schedule an interview:


**Once eligibility for the Great Start Readiness Program is determined, children will be selected for the program based on the greatest need first. Once all slots are full, other students will be placed on the waiting list.

This program was developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.

Great Start Readiness Program is a State of Michigan funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors which may place them at risk of educational failure, qualification required.

Crestwood Great Start Readiness Program Preschool Handbook